Psychedelic rock pioneer Roky Erickson will be at the Kessler tomorrow night with opening act James Hall, who is legendary in his own right, and one of the greatest front men I've ever seen. Easily the top bill of the weekend. (See also: Five underrated Roky Erickson songs)
Soul Function w/ DJ Wanz Dover & DJ Gabe
Thursday, July 12, at The Foundry
The Foundry's outdoor yard is a pretty fantastic place to spend your Thursday evening, and they've enlisted these two soul experts to provide the soundtrack. Dover will be at Oak Cliff's Nova on Friday, too.
The Violet Burning, Old City Lights
Thursday, July 12, at The Prophet Bar
California goth-pop act The Violet Burning has been churning out albums since 1990. Past members include Jeff Schroeder, who now plays in the Smashing Pumpkins and a guy from One Republic. Their 13 albums are hit or miss, but when they're on, they're on. Hopefully they'll be that way tonight.
Maleveller/John Wesley Coleman
Friday, July 13/Saturday, July 14, at 406 Arts
Friday, July 13, at Poor David's Pub
Flatlanders guitarist and songwriter Joe Ely will be at Poor David's Pub tomorrow. He comes through town pretty regularly, and this time he'll be with Austin's BettySoo, who's a must-see.
Dukes of September
Saturday, July 14, at Verizon Theatre
The Dukes of September are comprised of Donald Fagen, Boz Scaggs and Michael McDonald, and they'll presumably playing all the "hits." It's hard to think of this band without Michael McDonald's "What A Fool Believes" running through my head repeatedly.
Saturday, July 14, at The Kessler Theater
Another big show at The Kessler this weekend comes from Portland act Blind Pilot. Wikipedia
says that in 2008, they went on a bicycle tour from Bellington, Washington to San Diego, with all their equipment in custom trailers. Hopefully they got a van for this run.
Saturday, July 14, at It'll Do Club
Chicago house DJ Mark Farina adds to the impressive list of acts gracing the stage of the newly opened It'll Do Club.
Quintron & Miss Pussycat
Sunday, July 15, at Double Wide
Quintron & Miss Pussycat's music/puppet show has found an audience in Dallas for nearly a decade, and they park their swamp buggy at the Double Wide on Sunday, along with locals Darktown Strutters.